Recommend me a half decent code reader/diag tool

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  1. 6 May 2020 at 7:08 PM #1
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    Afternoon all,

    I’ve got a small collection of cars from 330d, m3, Mini Cooper S, clio 197 track car and do all my own repairs, servicing, mods etc and I’m fed up of tapping my brother up to borrow his code reader/diagnostic tool.

    I’ve used his a lot and he has an Autel unit that cost around £80 - £100ish, he said he bought his particular one because it had the handbrake reset ability for his Audi’s (don’t judge lol).

    I really like his Autel unit, it’s fairly simple to use, robust, accurate, etc. But when I look at Autel website theres bloody loads of them that offer different things.

    With a budget up-to £200 what would you recommend as a good all round code reader/diagnostic tool?
    Ideally Autel but open to suggestions.

    I know diag units can go into the £1000’s for professional set ups but I’m just a keen DIY’er so think my budget should allow something half decent.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. 6 May 2020 at 7:11 PM #2
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    Carly can do pretty much everything you need. Works with almost all brand of cars now too.
     
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    Ah I thought Carly was more aimed at BMW’s and coding?
     
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    Its full obd reader too, and allows certain coding with other manufacturers also now
     
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    I’d buy a laptop off eBay with all the BMW kit installed (INPA, ISTA etc), and then some basic OBD II software to read the Clio
     
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    I’ll look into Carly, cheers.

    Laptop sounds a bit OTT for me, I’m not great with technology, I want a simple plug and play device.

     
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    have a look at foxwell nt510. or newer version which can do f series also nt530,,great kit with bmw loaded software,,can also pay around £50 for other brands to get uploaded,,like merc/ford etc etc..
     
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    Ok didn't realise it was that simple, I'll have a look. Don't intend to knock every suggestion but it still seems a little bmw bias, I'm planning on changing the 330d to possibly a merc e350d and I will definitely buy other marks in the future but maybe a bmw laptop and a cheaper code reader to cover the others - I'll look into it, thanks.

    Cheers mate, I'll have a look, may be a little expensive by the time I upload various models to cover my and the missus car etc but I'll check it out.

     
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    i did used my foxwell quite often great for reading coolant temps or any other live data,,ive now sold it as i need a reader that can also do f series,,i own a e90 330d and a 640d now,,so in the middle of downloading ista etc,,someone remotely doing it for me,,ive got a d can and a e net cable for each car now,, i was going to buy the new NT 530,,but want to do some coding to the 640d,,and the foxwell cannot really code stuff,can register/code battery etc but not other stuff etc
     

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